A boat was dumped on the I-95 Exit 17 southbound ramp median over the holiday weekend. / Photos by Thane Grauel
A boat was dumped on the I-95 Exit 17 southbound ramp median over the holiday weekend. / Photos by Thane Grauel

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — A battered old boat has been beached on the Exit 17 southbound median.

The maritime mystery is likely a simple — albeit brazen — case of illegal dumping.

The Sea Ray 200 apparently was trailered to the grassy area between Interstate 95, the ramp and Saugatuck Avenue, and dumped. A pair of ribbed rollers from a trailer appear to have snapped off during the caper.

Identifying information had been scraped off the vessel. Registration numbers were sawed out of the forward part of the hull, but the “CT” preceding the numbers remained. The latest registration sticker expired in April 2017.

There is a remainder of an emblem that still shows “Westbrook CT,” perhaps indicating it was purchased or serviced in that Southeastern Connecticut shoreline town, which has several marinas.

The boat is far from shipshape. It’s filled with what look like oak leaves and other debris, and is coated with grime.

A Norwalk woman shared photos of the flotsam Christmas Eve on Facebook. People joked about Jimmy Hoffa and the stormy tidal surge the day before.

“0 mph, No wake, leave him be,” one commenter said.

Westport police said Sunday night that the median is the jurisdiction of the state police. It belongs to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, according to town land records.

A trooper at State Police Troop G in Bridgeport on Sunday night said he wasn’t aware of the boat but would have someone check it out.

The median is part of the construction area for the most recent phase of I-95 improvements in Saugatuck and Norwalk.

Thane Grauel, executive editor, grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond more than three decades. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.